Max Troell

Associate Professor, Senior Academy Researcher

Max Troell is a systems ecologist and marine biologist working with a broad range of sustainability and governance issues related to social-ecological systems , with special emphasis on coastal and marine ecosystems. He is an associate professor at GEDB partner Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, part time employed with GEDB.

Troell has published more than 100 publications, cutting across normal academic barriers into fields such as environmental management, ecological economics, ecosystem services, resource biology, social-ecological modelling, nutrition, and more. These results has had an impact on marine conservation, aquaculture practices and food policies of today.

Troell’s work involve a transdisciplinary perspective on sustainable use of marine resources, with a strong focus on identification of linkages between ocean fisheries, aquaculture and agriculture, including how these sectors share and/or compete for different ecosystem goods and services and the implication for equity and poverty. He has also made pioneering contributions to global development of integrated aquaculture techniques.

Main research areas: Environmental, social impacts and sustainability of aquaculture; challenges for governance of coastal and marine ecosystems; identification and valuation of ecosystem functions and services; resilience of social-ecological systems; identification and implication from regime shifts in marine systems; aquaculture’s role for environmental sustainability, food security and nutrition.

Selected publications:

Does aquaculture add resilience to the global food system?

China's aquaculture and the world's wild fisheries

Stepwise function of natural growth for Scylla serrata in East Africa: A valuable tool for assessing growth of mud crabs in aquaculture

Transnational corporations as 'keystone actors' in marine ecosystems

Meeting the food and nutrition needs of the poor: the role of fish and the opportunities and challenges emerging from the rise of aquaculture